On January 29, 2016, the Federal Reserve Board extended the comment period to February 19, 2016, for its proposed rule to strengthen the ability of the largest domestic and foreign banks operating in the United States to be resolved without extraordinary government support or taxpayer assistance. The original deadline for submission of comments was February 1, 2016. The proposed rule requires US Global Systemically Important Banks and the US operations of foreign GSIBs to meet a long-term debt requirement, a “Total Loss-Absorbing Capacity” requirement and a requirement that the parent holding company of a domestic GSIB avoid entering into various financial arrangements that would create obstacles to an orderly resolution. These requirements would strengthen the ability of those banks to withstand financial stress and failure without imposing losses on taxpayers. The proposed rule also includes regulatory capital deductions for firms regulated by the Federal Reserve Board that hold unsecured debt of the parent holding companies of domestic GSIBs.

The Federal Register notice is available at: http://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/press/bcreg/bcreg20160129b1.pdf